Tiger Tracks

Oakdale Elementary's Monthly Newsletter | December 2022

Winter Break - No School for Students

Thursday, December 22 - Wednesday, January 4

Students return Thursday, January 5

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Oakdale is Hiring Special Education Assistants

Spirit Week!

Mrs. Kratky and Mrs. Schmitz ask 6th graders to “Live Above the Line” and this includes giving back to the community. Each year 6th graders select a cause to support. This year 6th graders chose to support the Nebraska Humane Society. During the week of December 5 - December 9 students may participate in a spirit week for $1.00 a day. See the below flyer for theme days for the week!

Thank you for your support,

Oakdale 6th Graders

Spirit Week, Dec. 5 - Dec.9

NEW - Teacher Feature!

This year, we would like you all to get to know our staff. Be on the lookout in our monthly Tiger Tracks newsletter for our new "Teacher Feature" highlighting our excellent teaching staff. Please see below for our fourth installment introducing you to three more staff members at Oakdale.

Julie Schmitz

  • Position: 6th Grade Teacher
  • Years at Oakdale: 16 years
  • Years in Education: 22 years
  • What would students be surprised to find out about you? I grew up on a tree farm. In the summers I would walk the farm, shearing/shaping them. The trees were sold for landscaping and Christmas trees.
  • What is one of your hidden talents? I can juggle.
  • What is your dream vacation? A quiet, peaceful lake with my family or hiking in the mountains with my family.
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Mary Hoppe

  • Position: Kindergarten Educational Assistant
  • Years at Oakdale: 19 years
  • Years in Education: 25 years
  • What would students be surprised to find out about you? I really don't like chocolate flavored things.
  • What is one of your hidden talents? Creating journals from old books.
  • What is your dream vacation? Prince Edward Island, Canada.
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Erin Hamilton

  • Position: Special Education Teacher
  • Years at Oakdale: 4 years
  • Years in Education: 9 years
  • What would students be surprised to find out about you? I just got engaged. =)
  • What is one of your hidden talents? I can wiggle my eyes.
  • What is your dream vacation? A relaxing day at the beach.
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Lunch Accounts

We are seeing many lunch accounts dipping below a zero balance. When this happens, you receive an email from lunchaccounts@westside66.net as well as a paper letter sent home with your student. Please send money to school to take care of this negative balance as soon as you can. Students with a negative balance will no longer be able to order extra items at breakfast or lunch.

An easy way to take care of this problem is to set up a lunch account at MySchoolBucks.com. By registering on this website, you can have money automatically deposited into your child's lunch account whenever it goes below a certain amount. You can also monitor if your child is ordering extra items on a consistent basis. If you need your student's ID number, please contact Mrs Rhyner.

You can also complete an application for Free or Reduced Lunch through the federal government. This application is linked below. If you qualify, or have qualified in the past, you will need to complete this application every year.

EY Newsletter

Happy December! Please check out the Excellence in Youth newsletter by clicking the button below. The newsletter contains some of November's highlights, including results from each school's Spelling Bee

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Hour of Code

This year's Hour of Code takes place during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, in recognition of the birthday (December 9, 1906) of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. Participating in the Hour of Code is a great way to introduce your family to computer science. Computer science is a part of nearly every industry including healthcare, ecology, engineering, and the arts. Plus, children love learning it! By starting with just one Hour of Code, you could spark a new interest in your child that leads to a lifelong passion. Get started today!

You don’t need experience in Computer Science or teaching to get your children learning and laughing. You can try the Hour of Code with a computer, a tablet, a smartphone, or completely unplugged! Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code!

  1. Start by planning your Hour of Code family night with this “How to” guide.

  2. Download a printable Hour of Code Unplugged Activity Packet for ages 4-18 so that students using limited technology at home can still participate. Plus, there are new unplugged activity options from our partners at Google, Kodable, iRobot, and more.

  3. Then let your child start exploring activities!

  4. Work with your child to build problem solving skills and computational thinking as they work through their activities.

  5. Have fun!

Monthly High 5 Drawing

Congratulations to Ella L. (2nd Grade Miss Houston) and Anna C. (3rd Grade Mrs. Brady) for being randomly selected in this month's high 5 drawing. They get to record an announcement that will be sent out to all Oakdale families when we have our first snow day!

For the December drawing, each student chosen will be able to pick if they want to sit in the Relaxation Chair from Mrs. McPadden's office or Mr. Jagels' office chair. Keep showing respectful, responsible, safe, and kind behavior to earn those high 5's!

Turkey Trot Celebration

Today, the winners of the Turkey Trot, the Turkey Mascots, and a few friends were able to celebrate with a special lunch in the conference room. They were treated to a fancy tablecloth, decorations, a cozy fire on the big screen, and lunchtime music.

Specialist Corner

Please click the buttons below to see what's happening at Oakdale in Art, Music, PE, and Library. Feel free to reach out to any of our specials teachers if you have any questions.

Emotional Well Being

We know it is important to consider both the physical and social-emotional wellbeing of our students, families, and staff. We continue to be committed to providing regular instruction and support for studying in managing thoughts and feelings.

If your child is experiencing particular difficulties (whether related to the pandemic or other life circumstances) and you would like to explore options for additional support we encourage you to contact our School Psychologist, Mrs. McPadden (mcpadden.mary@westside66.net) who can help in coordinating additional support and resources.

Oakdale Year-at-a-Glance Calendar

Linked you will find our year long Oakdale Calendar. Please know that this calendar is subject to change. We encourage you to access our Oakdale Calendar through our Website, the Westside Community Schools App, and to subscribe so that this information shows right up on your own calendar for iPhone, iPad, Mac, or any other Google Calendar subscribable platform.

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Calendar Reminders


1 Unified/PBIS Student Council Meeting, 3:30

1 PIckleman's Restaurant Night, 4:00 114 & Dodge

5 District 6th Grade Strings Concert, 7:00 WHS

6 5th & 6th Grade Music Program, 7:00 WMS

8 Don & Millie's Night

8 Virtual Hour of Code

12 5th & 6th Grade Band Concert, 7:00 WMS
15 Unified/PBIS Student Council Meeting, 3:30

22 -Jan 4 NO SCHOOL, Winter Break


5 - School Resumes, 8:30 a.m.

10 - Community Club meeting, 6:30 p.m.

12 - Don & Millie's Night


21 - Donuts with a Grownup, 8:00 a.m.

Community Club Information

Don & Millie's Night

Dine at Don & Millie's on Thursday December 8th! Take a night off from cooking to raise money for Community Club. Be sure to let them know you are with Oakdale. Complete the form below before the event and turn it in to enter your student for a prize.

Community Club Meeting

Join us at our next Community Club meeting on Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30 pm. Come learn about what we have planned for the next couple of months and maybe make some new connections. If you can’t make it, no worries, we distribute the minutes following the event.

Community Club Website and Family Directory

This year you can gain FREE access to the family directory! So make sure to confirm or update your info on the Oakdale Community Club website details to get FREE access to the directory! Easily get contact info for birthday parties and playdates. See these helpful instructions for website assistance.

Don't Forget to TAGG

SHOP - Shop at participating local businesses.

SNAP - Snap a pic of your receipts with the TAGG app.

EARN - The business will donate a percentage to Oakdale!

Oakdale Community Club Website

Bookmark this site for Oakdale Community Club Information!

Oakdale Elementary School

Oakdale Elementary's mission is to ensure academic excellence and to serve the unique needs of all learners.

Our Expectations:

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • (Be Kind)

Email: jagels.glen@westside66.net
Website: westside66.org/domain/13
Location: 9801 West Center Road, Omaha, NE, USA
Phone: 402-390-6460
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Twitter: @oakdaletigers66